CHILHAM CIRCULAR WALK – is a 9.7 mile (15.6km) circular walking route from Chilham that follows part of the Stour Valley Walk and then deviates and climbs up into the Kentish Downs along the edge of the Eggringe Wood, some downland and upland fields, and along a pleasant escarpment with panoramic views, descending down and passing through the attractive estate of Godmersham Park (a house owned by the brother of writer Jane Austen, and where she often stayed), and then finishes along part of the North Downs Way, and a quiet back lane up towards Chilham Castle.
All the uphill climbing is in the first half of the walk, and then it is largely downhill or flat, passing through bluebell woods in the central section of the walk (approx. 4 miles into the walk) before reaching the Compasses Inn, Crundale.
Check out the map and detailed directions for the walk from the Saturday Walker’s Club http://www.walkingclub.org.uk.
WEATHER: Forecast for the day was perfect, sunny, sunny all day long, and a nice fresh breeze to remind us it is still only early March. Forecast Temps: 11-17C Wind: WNW 17mph.
Getting to the Start: We drove to Chilham and parked in designated parking just near the A252 on Taylors Hill road, without having to drive into the village, which has very narrow roads and limited parking in the square. It was a short walk up the hill into the village, and the bonus with this parking area are the amenities (toilets).
PLEASE NOTE: I am behind with my writing up of our walks… so for now I am uploading the photos of the walk first, and then hopefully will catch up along the way. I hope!